Preprint 2001-048

Weak Stability of Non Uniformly Stable Multidimensional Shocks

Jean-Francois Coulombel

Abstract: The aim of this paper is to investigate the linear stability of multidimensional shock waves that violate the uniform stability condition derived by A. Majda. Two examples of such shock waves are studied: (1) planar Lax shocks in isentropic gas dynamics (2) phase transitions in an isothermal van der Waals fluid. In both cases we prove an energy estimate on the resulting linearized system. Special attention is paid to the losses of derivatives arising from the failure of the uniform stability condition.

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